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Italian cuts Spaniard’s title lead to 58 points after Red Bull Ring thriller.
Andrea Dovizioso got the best of MotoGP title rival Marc Marquez on the final corner to win the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring and cut the Spaniard’s 2019 title lead to 58 points. Here is all you need to know:
– Polesitter Marquez was quick off the starting grid with Dovizioso, however the Yamaha of Fabio Quartararo, Jack Miller and Alex Rins were also in the mix early on.
– Italian Dovizioso claimed the lead on lap seven with the Ducati rider controlling the pace of the race as Marquez tried to slip his Repsol Honda bike past.
– Marquez retook the lead, but Dovizioso was in no mood to give in and he hung in until the final corner when he powered past on the inside for the victory.
– Quartararo trailed in six seconds back for a podium with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi and Monster Energy Yamaha teammate Maverick Viñales also in the top five.
– Marquez, 26, said: “The last six or seven laps, he (Dovizioso) was playing with me. He closed the gas a few times on the straights and he had better grip on the exit of the corners. The most important thing in the championship is that we finished together.”
– Doviziso, 33, explained: “I wasn’t as fast as Marc, but I had more grip to stay with him. I am so happy as it is the best, or one of the best victories, because we didn’t have the same speed as Marc before the race so we needed a strategy to try to stay with him.”
– Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira claimed his first top-10 finish with eighth for Red Bull KTM Tech 3 as Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami was 11th ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Johann Zarco leaving Hafizh Syahrin and Pol Esparagaro as DNFs after early track exits.
Austrian GP top five:
1. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 39m 34.771s
2. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda +0.213s
3. Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha +6.117s
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha +7.719s
5. Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Yamaha +8.674s
2019 MotoGP rider standings:
1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda 230 points
2. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 172
3. Danilo Petrucci ITA Mission Winnow Ducati 136
4. Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar 124
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Yamaha 103